Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has made six changes to the starting team that played
the Blues in Auckland last Friday night.

In the forwards, Ma’afu Fia comes back into the front row, centurion Chris King joins
the reserves.  Jarrad Hoeata moves back into the engine room, joining Brad Thorn as his
locking partner.  Hoeata makes way for TJ Ioane who starts in the run-on XV for the first time.

In the backs the Otago pairing of Fumiaki Tanaka and Hayden Parker will both make their first start for the Highlanders, replacing Aaron Smith and Colin Slade respectively.  In the midfield, Phil Burleigh will start at centre. Kade Poki returns from injury and will start on the right wing.

Highlanders v Brumbies, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Friday 12 April, 7.35pm (NZ Time).
1. Jamie Mackintosh
2. Andrew Hore (Captain)
3. Ma’afu Fia
4. Brad Thorn
5. Jarrad Hoeata
6. TJ Ioane
7. John Hardie
8. Mose Tuiali’i
9. Fumiaki Tanaka
10. Hayden Parker
11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain)
12. Ma’a Nonu
13. Phil Burleigh
14. Kade Poki
15. Ben Smith
16. Liam Coltman
17. Chris King
18. Josh Bekhuis
19. Elliot Dixon
20. Aaron Smith
21. Colin Slade
22. Jason Emery

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